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Julius Bannister

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About Julius

Viola / Violinist - In my career, e.g., worked extensively with London Symphony Orchestra / BBC Symphony Orchestra. Positive attitude wins!
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Versatile player who has an enduring and enormous love for music and a passion for performance. My first professional gigs were with Max Jaffa, the great Palm Court violinist and my musical journey has taken me through principal appointments with the opera and the ballet. I worked extensively in The West End for major blockbuster musicals and as a studio session player (recorded c. 10,000+ works in all genre). Orchestral work included a principal seat in the orchestra in Florence, and with the London Symphony Orchestra. I have worked for the BBC for my entire career. My Astor Palm Court Orchestra has given almost 700 gigs, raising in excess of £75,000 for good causes. So give me a call if I can be of help in any way

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Classical, Christmas, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1920s era music, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Cruise, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, MC, Instrumental teaching
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Whereas many of my compatriots are fine players, bringing covers to life - I was lucky enough to have played on excess of 5,000 recordings for TV, Movies, Radio and more. With notice I can usually conjour up a magical performance to suit your very needs.


From customers:

Jersey M, 2 years ago

I could have listened to Julius for hours. As I showed him to the door these were his parting words….. “Yes, I’ve made some great friends in Jersey. Some time ago I stayed with a Mrs Drummond who reminded me I’d played the score for Out of Africa and she said ‘we were extras on that movie’…

February, 2 years ago

“Thank you all so much for making my birthday so special, the lovely cake & Birthday card,and for Julius playing ‘Ladies in Lavender’ & playing & singing Happy Birthday & donating the proceeds of your raffle to Sandown Castle Community Garden Group. We had such a delightful afternoon listening to your amazing music xxx ~ Linda Ford

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